The Talyllyn Railway was built in the 1860s to transfer slate from the quarries of Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn in Merioneth, Wales to be transferred around the country. In 1950 the quarries had closed the owner of the line, Sir Henry Haydn Jones died. The railway was under threat of closure until a group of rail enthusiasts set out to restore the line for tourist traffic which became the world first preserved railway in the world. The layout is built to represent these early days. (1956-1960) It began in late 2009 when I was in the planning stages of a portable exhibition layout that was small enough to fit within 3ft x 2ft3 3in x 23.4. After reading Tom Rolt's 'Railway Adventure' previously, the Talyllyn Railway would have always been the subject of choice, thought It hadnt struck me until it was pointed out how simple & compact the Wharf terminus was. After a some planning and developing a card mock up, Tywyn Wharf soon came into existance. Since then 2 more modules have been built, the first is Pendre yard built with a passing loop, MPD and carriage shed.
Feel free to wander the site to see how the modules are progressing, read the rolling stock blog or just find out more about the individual modules themselves.
Cheers and all the best,
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